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Nicolas Berrod

Italy’s Election Was Quite Traditional, Actually

BLOOMBERG – The Italian election was heartening for populist forces. Yet the results do not break with a venerable Italian tradition — one that political scientist Giuseppe di Palma described in “Surviving without Governing: The Italian Parties in Parliament.” Those who are suddenly overcome with anxiety for Italy and Europe might find solace in its pages.

You can lobby for change

LIGHTS ON EUROPE – In this interview with Lucia Klestincova, I share my views on where is the dividing line between the neutrality of a public servant and their right for civic activism; and how to awaken activism among citizens disillusioned with the current state of democracy.

Testing the Limits of EU Health Emergency Power

VERFASSUNGSBLOG – Due to its borderless nature, COVID-19 is a matter of common European interest since its first detection on the continent. Yet this pandemic outbreak has largely been handled as an essentially national matter. Each country adopted its own different health response, according to its own risk analysis framework, with little regard for the scientific and management risk advice provided by the EU, notably the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

France-Italie : et si cette crise ouvrait de nouvelles perspectives européennes ?

TV5 MONDE – C’est une crise sans précédent, depuis l’après-guerre, entre deux pays fondateurs de l’Union européenne. La France vient de rappeler son ambassadeur à Rome, suite aux provocations verbales de Matteo Salvini, ministre italien de l’Intérieur et Luigi Di Maio, vice-président du gouvernement. Selon Alberto Alemanno, politologue, ces piques italiennes ne sont pas seulement conjoncturelles. Elles traduisent un déplacement de la polémique politique de l’espace national vers un cadre plus européen.

How the EU Can Help Protect Whistleblowers

BLOOMBERG – The public may cheer a whistleblower, but it’s not easy to be one. While they expose fraud and abuse that otherwise would remain veiled, whistleblowers in Europe often face retaliation by their employers and other repercussions. A new proposed European Union directive seeks to change that; it might also prove useful in countering the erosion of democratic values in the bloc’s east.